St. Mary Parish school superintendent submits application for Lafayette position

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — One of the candidates for the Lafayette Parish schools superintendent job who was a finalist back in 2011 has applied for the job again.

St. Mary Parish Superintendent Don Aguillard told The Advocate ( he submitted an application for the Lafayette position on Monday.

Aguillard became superintendent of St. Mary Parish schools in 2004 after more than 28 years with the Lafayette Parish School System as a teacher and as a school and central office administrator. St. Mary Parish School System received a B letter grade in the past three school years from the Louisiana Department of Education.

"At this point in my career, I'm interested in taking on that challenge of leading a school district of 30,000 students," Aguillard said in a phone interview Tuesday.

"Two years ago, I moved from St. Mary Parish back to Lafayette Parish. Lafayette Parish is home for me. It looks like it's a great opportunity to get back into the Lafayette Parish School System."

Aguillard was selected as a finalist for the Lafayette job in 2011, but withdrew his name from consideration.

"I felt like I still had some work to do in St. Mary Parish, so I decided to pull my application," he said .

The application deadline for the superintendent job is March 27.

The School Board plans to fill the position in May ahead of interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune's retirement this summer.

LeJeune was appointed interim superintendent in November following the then-school board's 7-2 vote to terminate Pat Cooper from the job.

Information from: The Advocate,

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